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Pregnancy, twins, bopped on top of stomach, dint hurt, worried of complications - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am 27 weeks pregnant with twins. Last week my dad was visiting and was taking off a sweatshirt as I walked by. His arm dropped and kind of bopped the top of my stomach a few inches above where I think my son's head is. It didn't really hurt at all, just really scared me. I have a fetal doppler and checked both babies' heart rates. They were fine. My son had actually moved down much lower in my belly as a result of the scare though. I haven't noticed a decrease in movement either. Actually he was extra active that evening. I called my doctor to see if they wanted me to come in. They said everything sounded fine. My main question is - could it have done any damage to my baby's brain? Everything I read says no, but I still can't help being afraid. I'm scheduled to start twice a week NSTs starting on Monday (standard for twins with my doctor).
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   please give me a few minutes
Doctor :   its quite common as a mother to be anxious to know about the well being of your baby
Doctor :   and as a matter of fact your babies will be fine
Doctor :   the babies are covered by a thick layer of your belly and then your uterine muscles and then by their own skulls
Doctor :   and also the cushioning layer of amniotic fluid in the uterus
User :   Okay - so no chance of brain injury without major abdominal trauma then? Even if they happened to have pressure on their soft spot?
Doctor :   yes , no brain injury
Doctor :   and not with the description of events describes by you
User :   One more quick question - might as well get all of my paranoia out of the way, haha
Doctor :   sure
User :   When I was about 20 weeks, I hadn't felt much fetal movement yet. And I started to feel some pressure near my belly button and saw that it was a bit raised. At first I thought it was XXXXXXXX hicks so I massaged the spot with a bit of pressure. Later as he started to move more, I realized it was my sons head pushing out. Any possible damage there?
Doctor :   no damage there as well
Doctor :   the baby responds to that of maternal massages
Doctor :   and there will be no damage at all
User :   Okay - thank you for easing my paranoid pregnant lady fears :)
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   this is very common and you need not be worried
User :   Actually I thought of one more thing - I think my time's not up on here quite yet
Doctor :   there might be about 5 mins more
User :   One of my babies responds to outside sounds and the other not nearly as much. Our baby boy gets very active when his daddy reads to him, but baby girl doesn't really respond. I went to an NBA basketball game when I was 25 weeks which was much louder than I had expected it to be. Of course now I'm worried it hurt her hearing or something...
Doctor :   that is dependent on the fetal brain and what it likes and what it dislikes
Doctor :   you need to know that the fetal brain is responsive to outside stimulus at the age of 20 weeks
User :   I'm hoping it's just because they are different babies and respond differently. I know that sustained exposure to loud music can damage hearing though.
Doctor :   yes, to the first and no to the second
Doctor :   ear damage does not occur when inside the uterus
User :   Okay - I know for the second I had just read a few studies and that was of women who worked in very loud environments for 8 hour shifts - and that the results weren't necessarily conclusive
Doctor :   as they are protected by the uterus and do not have a direct impact
User :   I think that's all of my worries - for real this time, haha
User :   Thank you very much for your help.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   now you can relax and rest
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
User :   Thank you. Bye.
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